Edited by Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore, AK Press (2012)
Gay culture has become the ultimate nightmare of consumerism, whether it’s an endless quest for Absolut vodka, Diesel jeans, rainbow Hummers, pec implants, or Pottery Barn. As backrooms are shut down to make way for wedding vows, and…
FIRST ANNUAL QUEER PUNK FEST
Organized and run exclusively by qpoc!
> first night: DANCE PARTY, MOVIE SCREENING, MINGLING // next day: WORKSHOPS, TABLING, ART INSTALLATIONS, BANDS, DRAG, SPOKEN WORD, PERFORMANCE ART <
Queer Punk Fest is a FREE event taking place in Southern California. It is born out of the need for queer punks and radical queers to carve out a space in a heavily white-macho radical/anarchist-punk scene. Queer Punk Fest will mark the beginning of the end of the heteronormative scene we have all day-dreamed of escaping from. In a scene that has become another costume party for white hipsters and suburban kids, we reclaim the power of punk and DIY culture to create alternative spaces free from oppression and social hierarchies. As a collective run by queer and trans people of color, we recognize that punk was born out of this necessity to create alternative spaces that challenge mainstream ideals. We aim to be the hammer that will drive the final nail into the coffin of a scene that has tokenized, abused, and misunderstood our existence. We see the current punk and anarchist/radical community as a reflection, not a rejection, of the very same ideals that marginalize our everyday existence. It is because of this that Queer Punk Fest will serve as the catalyst towards the coup d’état of this white heteronormative scene. Queer Punk Fest will be an intersectional, trans-inclusive, decolonial extravaganza. As social misfits and agitators, revenge is our first objective. C’mon Southern California, let’s get sickeniiiiiiiing
Queer Punk Fest is currently looking for queer bands & artists, workshoppers, spoken word artists, performance artists, drag queens & kings, organizations to table, a DJ for our dance party, artists to install their work, and ideas and suggestions. We are only taking applications from queer/trans-identified individuals. > If you would like to join us, please send your name, band/org name, identity, contact information, a brief description and example(s) (if possible) of your work to: firstname.lastname@example.org < We will not respond to any applications sent elsewhere. Please include what you’re applying for in the subject line! Okay, sick! Hope to hear from lots of you!
Funny story, we don’t have one yet…. HELP US! We need a big space with rooms for workshops and a common area for tabling and performances. We’re also aiming for parts of L.A. that are accessible by public transport. Aaand because we don’t have a location yet, we don’t have a set date, but we’re aiming for the second weekend of May! We’ll update the tumblr page with info about the location and date when we can finalize them.
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Emiliano Zapata Spoke and Wrote in Nahuatl
Part of a message written in Nahuatl to supporters of the Mexican Revolution sent from the headquarters of the Liberation Army of the South in Tlatizapán, Morelos, on April 27, 1918 by its Commander in Chief, Emiliano Zapata:
“…Axcan ocachi que me aic monequi ti mo zepampalehuizque ica nochi to yolo ihuan ica nochi totoyoquiliztli itech inon huei tequitl de necetiliztli mahuiztic, huelneli de necate tlen qui pehualtihque netehuiliztle tlen qui yolóhpia chipahuac nin pehualoni ihuán ámo qui poloa nin neltocaliz de cuali-inemiliz…”
“…Now more than ever we need to help each other with all our heart and with all our efforts in this great task of unity, which is truly the work of those who got into the fight, to keep their heart clean with those principles and to not lose faith in a life of respect…”
“…Ahora más que nunca hay necesidad de que nos ayudemos entre nosotros con todo corazón y con todo nuestro empeño en esa gran tarea de unificación digna, que es verdaderamente la tarea de los que se metieron a la lucha, que conservan limpia en su corazón esa empresa y que no pierden la fe en una vida de respeto…”